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Bears attack Asheville woman's dog

Joanne Willoughbi, with the Western North Carolina Nature Center, said bears aren’t normally aggressive. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Black bears are a common sight in the mountains. When the warm weather starts showing up, so do the bears.

Jacqueline Lindsey had a scary run-in with bear and her cub recently.

“They were destroying my dog," Lindsey said.

About 8:30 p.m. Sunday, she heard loud noises coming from her backyard. Lindsey said she was shocked to see her dog being attacked by a bear.

Lindsey said she immediately ran back in the house and told her family their dog, Diesel, was being attacked.

They began setting off firecrackers and trying to make noises to scare off the bear, but she said nothing seemed to work.

"It didn't even flinch,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey said her other dog, Bullet, then came charging in and was able to distract the bear until Diesel could get away.

"We really truly believe if it wasn't for my other dog, [Diesel] would be dead," Lindsey said.

Joanne Willoughbi, with the Western North Carolina Nature Center, said bears aren’t normally aggressive.

”[Black bears are] a very lazy animal,” Willoughbi said. “He is not going to chase down something to eat."

But, Willoughbi said, if people feed the bears, they can become a problem.

Lindsey thinks that may be happening in her neighborhood.

"If they find a food source, they will remain where they found that food source,” Willoughbi said. “They'll keep coming back."

Willoughbi said being safe is all about prevention. Make sure not to leave any food outside, bring in your trash and make sure your dogs are trained to come inside when you call them.

Though Lindsey said her dogs typically behave, things were too hectic during the attack.

“I was very, very scared,” said Lindsey. “I’ve never been that scared."

Diesel only has a scratch on the back of his leg after the attack.

If you have a similar issue, you should contact the Wildlife Resource Commission.

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